County Mayo – The Heather County

Another Name for County Mayo County Mayo is often called the Heather County. Ling heather can be found in abundance throughout Mayo’s bogs especially in the bog of CĂ©ide Fields and in the Ballycroy National Park at the foot of the Nephin Mountain. Did you know that heather comes in colors other than purple? InContinue reading “County Mayo – The Heather County”

Turlough – The Schipperke Character

Turlough, my schipperke, is quite a character. And, he will feature as a series character in one of my upcoming County Mayo Mysteries. The schipperke breed can best be described as a small dog who believes he inhabits the body of a King German shepherd. As a result, schipperkes exhibit a guard dog personality: protective,Continue reading “Turlough – The Schipperke Character”

Irish Roots – Pulling Away From Home

For me, my Irish roots and pulling away from home have always been both a source of joy and sadness. When I’ve gone on work trips or vacations, there has been a certain sweet sadness as I sat in the back of an airport limo and looked back at my home, knowing that I wasContinue reading “Irish Roots – Pulling Away From Home”

A Spud Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. You may be thinking of making corned beef and cabbage. But have you considered your potato side dish? Well, look no more because I have a “champ” for you to make. Yes, that’s right there’s a potato dish called “champ”. It is also called “poundies” (I wonderContinue reading “A Spud Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day”